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Walton: Henry V - Scenes from the film, and other film music

28 Nov. 2005 | Format: MP3

£6.79 (VAT included if applicable)
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  • Original Release Date: 28 Nov. 2005
  • Release Date: 28 Nov. 2005
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:15:25
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  • ASIN: B001J9T3WM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,985 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Davis VINE VOICE on 31 Mar. 2006
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This is a marvellously inspiriting (and cheap!) CD. The highlight is Walton's wonderful war-time score for Olivier's "Henry V" with Olivier himself delivering the narration. This was perhaps both Walton's and Olivier's finest contribution to raising morale during the dark days of World War Two. The film might be seen as a piece of wartime propaganda but it is a fine film in its own right (you could say much the same about Eisenstein's and Prokofiev's collaborations on Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible). Henry V is Walton's greatest film music score and there have been several more recent recordings with Christopher Plummer, Michael Sheen and even John "Bergerac" Nettles with a reduced orchestra. All are good, especially the Neville Marriner/Christopher Plummer recording on Chandos but every self-respecting Walton collection should include this disc despite the age of the recording as it conveys a unique authenticity and is very moving. The CD also contains Walton's scores for Richard the Third and the famous "Spitfire Prelude and Fugue". Walton conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra with unique insight and as there is over 75 minutes of music on the album, this is not to be missed. The accompanying booklet contains the full text of the Walton score and some contemporary movie posters to add to the atmosphere.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Sept. 2010
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I came to this disc whilst trying to find an original soundtrack for Laurence Olivier's stirring film version of Henry V. This isn't an OST, it is much better.

Presented here are recordings, by William Walton himself, of suites made up from two of his Olivier film scores and `Spitfire' prelude and fugue, all made in the early sixties. These suites, taken from Richard III, Henry V and the Battle of Britain. The two Shakespearean scores are two of the best I have heard. They bring forward the majesty of the plays, and accentuate the beauty of the Bard's words and vision. When listened to as standalone pieces they are magnificent suites of music, with a very pastoral British feeling.

`Spitfire' prelude and fugue is a different piece, a stirring tribute to the men who defended Britain in the air during the darkest days of WWII. It celebrates their courage, mourns the ones who did not return, and tells the story of the machines that made it possible for our country to survive.

The piece de resistance here is the suite of scenes from Henry V. Recorded in 1946, we have Laurence Olivier reciting a series of speeches from the play, backed by Walton's memorable score. It's not excerpts from the film, Olivier reads more than just Henry's lines, with memorable speeches from the chorus, Mountjoy and others. Crispin's day is, of course, included, and really sends a shiver down the spine. Olivier's delivery is pitch perfect, with every syllable enunciated and stressed beautifully to deliver the maximum effect. But with Walton's unobtrusive yet uplifting score backing it, the work is lifted to new heights.

This is a record that will really stir your heart and send your soul soaring, it is highly recommended.

This 1994 release from EMI is pretty good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julian Hughes on 25 Feb. 2012
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There are two distinctly different sounding sets of recordings on this CD: the first set consists of the Richard III Prelude & Suite, the Henry V Suite, and the Spitfire Prelude and Fugue; the second set is "Henry V - Scenes from the film". In the first set are stereo recordings made in the 1960s, digitally remastered in the 1990s; the sound quality is simply fantastic, and seems to me as dynamic and noise free as a modern fully digital production. It's quite a contrast to be taken from the Spitfire Fugue, with its triumphant finale in big, dynamic, modern stereo sound, to the first track of scenes from the the film Henry V. Now the music is in mono, there is pronounced hiss, much narrower range of tones and levels....and it doesn't really matter much. Olivier's delivery is the most important element and this is rendered with clarity and conjures up the colours and scenes of the famous film (though the scenes on this CD are not the same recording as those on the film). The mono tracks are digitally remastered from original metal 78 masters. I don't think I've heard a shellac 78 for over 30 years but I do watch a lot of films from that era and I've never encountered one with a soundtrack that sounds anywhere near as good as this, and that includes the audio on the Blu-Ray of Olivier's Henry V.

I like the small booklet. There is an essay on Sir William Walton that briefly outlines his place in British music, his relationship with Walter Legge, his excellence as a conductor, and the challenges of recording orchestral pieces in the age before audio tape, amongst other subjects.
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Excellent item but disappointed with the condition of the cd and booklet as it had labels stuck all over it that would not come off without tearing the paper.
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